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The GAO Will Investigate the Delays in Immigration Cases

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and the Washington Post reported that, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the number of people who became citizens reached a five-year high in fiscal 2018—a total of 756,800 new Americans—up 16 percent from FY 2014. That sounds like good news, right? Unfortunately, the USCIS claim is deceptive. […]

June 17, 2019

The Red, White & Blue: Time for Citizenship Initiative Taking Off

If you happened to fly Southwest Airlines in January, and perused the inflight journal Southwest The Magazine, you would have met Anggie Fernandez. Anggie works with our New Americans Campaign partner, Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, in North Carolina, and the feature, titled In the Beginning, highlights the stories of “14 achievers who dared to […]

March 13, 2019

New Report Underscores Need to Reduce Citizenship Bottlenecks

A national study released this month, The State of New American Citizenship, concludes that it is becoming much harder for legal residents to realize their dreams of getting green cards or becoming citizens. “The data doesn’t lie,” says Xiao Wang, Co-Founder of Boundless Immigration, a Seattle-based technology company that conducted the study. “In the last […]

February 13, 2019

Over Half of 2019 One California Grants Awarded to NAC Partners

The New Americans Campaign is delighted to share the news that 54 of our partners in California, as well as two national partners, will receive One California Immigration Services grants. The One California program, funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), is granting more than $43.8 million in 2019 to 101 nonprofit organizations […]

January 23, 2019

Noi: “As an American I Feel Free—Like I Can Be Myself.”

I was born in a small village in Surin province in Thailand. I first visited the United States 17 or 18 years ago because I fell in love with Bill and I wanted to be with him. We met in Bangkok where I worked as a cook in a hotel restaurant. After we met we […]

January 8, 2019

A Welcoming Port in the Storm

Every day throngs of lawful permanent residents, recent immigrants and refugees pass through our country’s airports overwhelmed by the stress and confusion caused by our current immigration system. A growing number of international airports across the country are trying to alleviate the tension by rolling out the welcome mat and encouraging new arrivals to embark […]

November 5, 2018

USCIS supports citizenship with more than $9 million in grant money

In this first month of the federal fiscal year, we celebrate support for citizenship. Ten partners from The New Americans Campaign (NAC) were among the 40 nonprofit organizations across the country to share in $9.4 million in grants from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), awarded in September 2018. The funding, which runs through 2020, […]

October 25, 2018

Making Citizenship Affordable

Becoming a U.S. citizen promises significant financial rewards. According to a report by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, immigrants who become citizens earn 8 to 11 percent more annually. But applying for U.S. citizenship also comes with a hefty price tag of $725. The Federal government […]

September 10, 2018

Ida Soon-ok Hart: “Growing up in America, I didn’t know that I wasn’t a citizen.”

In August 2017, I was driving through downtown Los Angeles and I saw signs at the Convention Center—Oath of Citizenship—with arrows pointing the directions for parking.  I felt a deep sadness that I had never finished my own citizenship process. I told myself not to be afraid and to try again—maybe I would qualify now […]

August 2, 2018

Maribel Hernandez: “I am doing this for my kids.”

My name is Maribel Hernandez and I’m originally from Mexico. My mom brought me to the United States when I was eight years old. I have two kids of my own now; my son is 12-years-old and my daughter is eight-years-old. I want to become a citizen to have more job opportunities. I am doing […]

July 30, 2018